Wednesday, September 27, 2006

It's Gas, Why So Crazy?

A gas giveaway at a downtown [Seattle] Shell station was shut down during Tuesday's commute because police said traffic was gridlocked and motorists became angry.

Cars trying to get to the gas station at Denny Way and Queen Anne Avenue North stretched to Mercer Avenue at least a half-hour before the giveaway started at 4 p.m., said Seattle police spokesman Rich Pruitt.

Here we go again.  People go nuts over some free gas.  Let's pretend that I was to go to this gas giveaway shindig and my gas tank was absolutely 100% bone dry-- I have to have four friends push my car to the gala event.  At the current average price of gas in Seattle, about $2.64 per gallon, that would be $42.24 worth of gas.  Now, $42 bucks is nothing to sneeze at, but I'm not sure it warrants the absolutely bonkers reaction that these P.R. stunts always elicit.  That figure of $42 drops for each gallon of gas I would have in my tanks when I hit the station.  If Nordstrom's did a $50 pants giveaway, would people react the same way?

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